Cabinet to consider One Station scheme

Birmingham News

Birmingham News

Plans to develop a world class public area linking the city’s New Street and Moor Street stations are to go before the city council’s cabinet.

The £5.5million One Station scheme, which would utilise the tunnel on St Martins Queensway, would also link both stations to the proposed HS2 Curzon Street station.

Cabinet members met on 30 June to consider recommendations that they:

•         Approve a project definition document setting out the purpose of the project;

•         Approve borrowing of up to £0.376million to develop a full business case, including detailed designs;

•         Authorise negotiations with landowners in the area to secure their agreement to the proposed improvements and secure formal public access on the walkway through St Martins Queensway tunnel.

Proposals to include a cycle hub within the scheme will also be considered as part of the full business case.

Cllr Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: “The route between New Street and Moor Street stations is currently used by around 1.4 million rail passengers each year, and this is forecast to nearly double to 2.3 million with the arrival of HS2 in 2026.

“This means there is a real need to enhance this area and provide improved connections not only between these stations but to other destinations in the city centre. While the proposals are still in the very early stages, this is an important first step in delivering a truly world class scheme which will bring significant environmental and economic benefits to the city.”

Subject to capital grant funding being approved in December 2014 and the full business case being approved by the council’s cabinet in January or February 2015, it is anticipated that work on the scheme will begin in spring 2015, to be completed by the end of the same year.